Silvertown Private Finance

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2018 HM Treasury announced it would no longer use Private Finance 2 (PF2), the current model of the Private Finance Initiative. HM Treasury has now told the Public Accounts Committee that it expects to provide clear data on the standing of Private Finance by Summer 2019. The Silvertown Tunnel is still set to be financed using a PF2-derived mechanism. Does it make sense to continue with this road tunnel even when the funding mechanism isn’t currently supported by HM Treasury?


Answer for Silvertown Private Finance
Silvertown Private Finance

Silvertown Private Finance

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Chancellor’s announcement in the autumn budget related to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) funded by national government. The Silvertown Tunnel is expected to be entirely funded from charges payable by its users, and no support is required from HM Treasury. The Transport for London Board made the decision three years ago that a design, build, finance and maintain contract with a private sector partner would be the best value way of delivering the benefits of the Silvertown Tunnel without impacting the rest of the TfL investment programme, and that remains the view today.